How to Remove Fiberglass Resin

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Fiberglass has been around for over 30 years and is used in many different applications. Fiberglass consists of layers of a dry fiberglass material saturated with resin in order to bond into a solid piece of fiberglass. Resin is a thick fiberglass liquid that requires a catalyst to harden. When working with fiberglass there is always the possibility of a resin spill. When resin spills it has to be cleaned and removed properly because when it's in a liquid form resin's considered a hazardous material. Fiberglass has to be in a solid form to legally dispose of it.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Catalyst
  • Floor scraper
  • Rags
  • 5-gallon buckets
  • Acetone
  • Determine how much resin has spilled and add the recommended amount of catalyst to the resin. Put on rubber gloves and mix the catalyst into the resin thoroughly using a floor scraper. When the resin becomes one consistent color it's completely mixed.

  • Wipe up the catalyzed resin with rags and place the resin filled rags into 5 gallon buckets. Only fill the buckets about 1/2 way full or less so the resin doesn't begin to smoke when it's hardening. Set the buckets outside away from any doors and let the fiberglass completely harden.

  • Wipe the floor with rags and acetone to remove the left over catalyzed resin before it hardens. Dispose of the rags in the 5 gallon buckets and let them harden as well.

  • Check the buckets to make sure all of the resin completely hardened and dispose of them in a dumpster.

Tips & Warnings

  • The improper disposal of fiberglass resin can result in a fine or more depending on your local laws.
  • Always wear rubber gloves when handling fiberglass materials to avoid chemical burns.

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